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Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

´╗┐Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine


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MMR Risks and Side Effects

Most people who receive the MMR vaccine have no side effects. Some have fever or minor soreness and redness where they got the shot.

Other possible problems are less common. They include:
  • Fever (1 in 5 children)
  • Rash (1 in 20)
  • Swollen glands (1 in 7)
  • Seizure (1 in 3,000)
  • Joint pain/stiffness (1 in 100 children; more common in adults, particularly women)
  • Low platelet count/bleeding (1 in 30,000)
  • Encephalitis (1 in 1 million)

Over the years, some have suggested that the MMR vaccine is linked to autism. The CDC stands firm that there's no evidence to support that idea. The benefits that the vaccine brings in disease prevention far outweigh any potential risks.

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